Ipswich Crown Court handed down penalties to a furniture company and two health and safety consultancies after hand injuries were sustained using cutting machinery.
Jan Cavelle Furniture Company Ltd, at Haverhill, had allowed staff to follow unsafe working practices because of a lack of training and inadequate supervision. The risk assessments for the process had been prepared by external consultants. The contract was given to Worksafe Training & Consultancy Ltd who in turn subcontracted a review and revisions of risk assessments to Leading Health & Safety Consultants Ltd.
However, the assessments and procedures provided were not sufficient to control the risks. Jan Cavelle Furniture Company was fined £18,000 along with costs of £4,000. Workplace Training and Consultancy was found guilty at trial and was fined £22,500 with costs of £22,500. Leading Health and Safety Consultants Limited was fined £5,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £5,000.